Basilica Di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Rome

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The Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island (Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Basilica S. Bartholomaei in Insula) is a titular minor basilica, located in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 998 by Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor and contains relics of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. It is located on Tiber Island, on the site of the former temple of Aesculapius, which had cleansed the island of its former ill-repute among the Romans and established its reputation as a hospital, continued under Christian auspices today.
Its Cardinal priest has been Cardinal Blase Cupich since 19 November 2016.
In Roman times, the Temple of Aesculapius stood on the site of the modern church. The entire Isola Tiberina had actually been covered in marble in an effort to make the island look like a ship. The prow can still be seen today.
Emperor Otto built this church, which was initially dedicated to his friend Adalbert of Prague. It was renovated by Pope Paschal II in 1113 and again in 1180, after its rededication upon the arrival of the relics of the apostle Bartholomew. The relics were sent to Rome from Benevento, where they had arrived from Armenia in 809. The relics are located within an ancient Roman porphyry bathtub with lions' heads, under the main altar. The marble wellhead bears the figures of the Savior, Adalbert and Bartholomew and Otto III.
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  • Beautiful Basilica, located on the Isola Tiberina in the heart of the Tevere River. If you cross the center of Rome to Trestevere the truth in a small square. Very beautiful on the outside but simple and beautiful inside, with a central nave and two sides with several Chapels dedicated to the fallen on each continent and one for the victims of Nazism. Its ceilings have many frescoes and it is decorated by several paintings
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  • My daughter discovered this basilica last year when she was looking for the church where to celebrate her wedding ,We family members liked it immediately as soon as she took us to see her. In September the wedding was celebrated,I never thought it would please the guests so much, it is rich in history as the altar of the holy martyrs , the altar is positioned at the top so the newlyweds are visible to all, the floral decorations combined with the art that is in church make everything very beautiful almost magical,the location then places it among the most beautiful in Rome in fact is located on the Tiberina Island. Our guests loved the church and how it is located,everyone took advantage to make beautiful souvenir photos. A thank you to the priest who celebrated the wedding
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  • Built on the remains of the temple of Esculapio, the Church of St. Bartholomew has over a thousand years of history. I'm on Tiberina Island, and it seems amazing just to think about it, even more to believe it and then tell it. Yes, because this is a real island in the heart of Rome, a place of particular importance, halfway between Trastevere, the ward of the first Christian preaching, and the ancient Jewish quarter. And the location in the middle of the Tiber, a key place for the crossing of the river, expresses well one of the most characteristic aspects of the basilica, which collects memories linked to different and distant worlds, united in a single and original synthesis of faith, art and history. St. Bartholomeves on the Island, was built in a territory of pilgrimage already known for centuries, where there were numerous who visited the sacred area to implore their healing to the god of medicine. Today, in a different way, it is still a living place of prayer and encounter. Inside it houses the memories and relics of many witnesses of our time, of dialogue and friendship with the poorest: bishops, cardinals, priests, evangelical pastors, monks and opponents of regimes and totalitarianism. They are the new martyrs of the modern era, of a weak force, that of faith and love, in resisting evil.
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  • Nice quiet part of town. Great history and architecture.
  • I like this church, even though it's not the grandest of Basilicas in Rome. Pope John Paul II dedicated it to the new martyrs of the 20th and 21st Centuries. There are stories and relics of these martyrs from every continent in the side altars. I was moved, inspired and appalled by these stories. The good thing is that there will not be many tourists or visitors, so you can take your own time to read and walk around the church.
  • A real gem...gorgeous church in wonderful neighborhood.
  • Beautiful and so historical, definitely will remember this trip
  • Beautiful church with a magnificent ceiling! you can take a long walk down the river culminating in a visit to this church and it's well worth it.
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